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I am looking into starting a retail shop, with a soap and lotion

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I am looking into starting a retail shop, with a soap and lotion making area in the back. It will not be accessible to customers, and product will be made only during non-retail hours. Soap making include working with sodium hydroxide/lye, which has special handling requirements. This is in a small town in Michigan. I am trying to determine what laws and agencies I need to consider to determine handling, storage, etc.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Business Law
Expert:  Attorney2020 replied 4 years ago.

Attorney2020 :

First, you should go to the Michigan Secretary of State's website and see which type of business licenses that you need in order to be in compliance with state laws.

Once on the website, go to Agencies, Bureaus and Commissions within the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs section on that website. Click on the Licensing Division and you can search for the licenses that you are required to obtain through the MI Business One Stop link. From that link, click on License Search to determine which license is most appropriate for your desired business.

Lastly, I would consult an attorney in your town to discuss liability issues and which business entity would be most appropriate for your new business.

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